In Their Own Words: Week 4
College Football Recap: Week 4
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Sept. 25, 2005

Compiled by Staff

"History has shown we're a really good second-half football team and particularly strong in the fourth quarter. We count on that." USC coach Pete Carroll after the Trojans overcame a 13-0 deficit with 45 straight points against Oregon

"We know you can't win a game in the first three quarters. It's how you finish," Southern Cal QB Matt Leinart, who was 23-for-39 for 315 yards and 3 TDs.

"I was sore since the second or third play when I had to tackle (235-pound running back) LenDaleWhite. I was coughing up blood; I've got bruises all over my body," Oregon CB Aaron Gipson.

"I did not do a good job of getting the team prepared. We thought we were prepared. We came in today during walk-throughs and I thought we had good focus. Obviously, we didn't. I take all the blame for that. That's my job. Something we're not used to is coming out in a game and not playing well, particularly early." Louisville coach Bobby Petrino after the Cardinals were shellacked by South Florida, 45-14, in both schools' Big East debut.

"This will put us on the map," USF president Judy Genshaft said after the biggest victory in school history and first in six tries against an AP ranked team.

I think the word we can all use is 'frustrating.' There's some things that are happening to us that are frustrating. That to me sums it up. That's where we are," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr after the Wolverines fell to 2-2 and he lost to Wisconsin for the first time in seven games.

"It's about time we grew up. Show people we do have character; we can win one after a big one. That we can remain focused, and we can take care of business," Michigan State coach John L. Smith after the Spartans thrashed Illinois to snap an 0-7 run in games after they had beaten a ranked team.


"It's a big win. It's a big win and we put a lot into it and it's a good team that we beat. I'm thrilled with the win, it's one of the bigger wins we've had in our program, I think. I'm just excited for the players because of how hard we've worked, how they've improved since we started camp and how they just get better. And the thing I really like about it is how they compete," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez after the Badgers defeated Michigan.

"This is what we work out for. This is why we put in all the hours. This is what we came to Penn State for," Penn State QB Michael Robinson, who threw for 271 yards and completed four of his final five passes including a TD toss to Derrick Williams with 51 seconds left as the Nittany Lions rallied to down Northwestern, 34-29.

"It's a very tough loss. I thought defensively we fought hard. We got five turnovers; it ought to win the game for you. Offensively we couldn't execute, especially in the second half. We had chances. We had a chance to score a touchdown and fumbled the ball at the six-inch line. We had a chance to do other things too, but just didn't get it done." Temple coach Bobby Wallace after losing to Western Michigan, 19-16, on a field goal as time expired.

"We were obviously very proud of how physical our guys played. Both sides of the ball. They did a great job. You have to be physical in the Big Ten. I thought our guys did a great job with that and made plays and our defense made it very difficult to move the football, and our offense came up and it seemed like we were better on third down and that type of thing." Ohio State coach Jim Tressel after the Buckeyes pounded Iowa, 31-6

"We had a block last year against West Virginia and that changed the game. It's momentum and points. There's just no bigger play in football than when you block a kick. Instead of them getting three, we got seven and that's 10 points there. That gave us momentum." Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer after the Hokies' D.J. Parker ran a blocked field goal attempt 78 yards sparking the 51-7 destruction of Georgia Tech.

"We learned a lot about ourselves as a team, how to play together, and to never give up. It was a key fourth down and we knew we had to make a big play. Logan (Payne) went out there and made that huge play for us." Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney on the fourth down play that resulted in a TD pass in the Gophers' 42-35 double OT victory over Purdue. Maroney 217 yards on the ground.

"We are very pleased with the victory. It was hard fought and we had to earn it. I thought Richmond played a very good game, especially offensively and gave us a lot of problems. Our guys hung in there and won one that we should have won. I am proud of them for doing what they were supposed to do in the second half and getting us a victory that we wanted. We worked hard this week to make sure that we didn't overlook anybody and I don't think we did. I thought Richmond played an excellent game and that's why they pushed us so hard," Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson after the Commodores ran their record to 4-0 for the first time since 1984 with a 37-13 victory.

"After every possession, I tie my shoes tighter. At the end of the Oklahoma game, I couldn't feel my feet. I couldn't feel them at the end of this one, either," TCU coach Gary Patterson after the Horned Frogs downed BYU, 51-50, on a controversial TD call at the end of overtime.

"I can't say enough about our defense. We take a lot of pride in our offense, but I feel like defensively, if we play like this all year, that will keep us in the game. When you can put pressure on a quarterback with four guys, you are going to have a tough day at the office," Tulane coach Chris Scelfo after the Green Wave downed SMU, 31-10, for their first win of the Hurricane Katrina-disrupted season.

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